Help set the stage for theatre exhibition

The Corn Exchange in Broad Street, Stamford
The Corn Exchange in Broad Street, Stamford
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A theatre company has appealed for donations from 60 years of plays and pantomimes for a historic exhibition.

The new heritage centre at Stamford Corn Exchange is nearly complete after months of hard work.

Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Company has been busy preparing the new centre and members are now keen to get their hands on memorabilia from the Broad Street venue’s varied history.

Corn exchange manager Judith Mackie said: “Many of the societies, such as Stamford Pantomime Players, Stamford Gilbert and Sullivan and Stamford Amateur Musical Society, have been performing at the corn exchange for many years and have programmes and photographs dating back over 60 years which will be on display.

“Currently the volunteers offer a talk and a tour presentation that takes visitors through the construction of the corn exchange in 1859 to the present day including a film show of the development of the building over the last 13 years.

“A launch night will be announced shortly for the heritage centre grand opening and will include tours of the theatre.”

The venue has broadened its appeal in recent months by obtaining a marriage and civil ceremonies licence.

Staff believe the theatre is one of the most striking wedding venues in town, especially with the latest addition of themed ceremonies.

Judith added: “We have a 007 wedding booked in for next year, and in October we have a showbiz glitzy wedding ceremony with reception in our theatre lounge.”

And a packed programme of shows and events has been finalised for the autumn season, including medium Colin Fry and magician Paul Daniels.

The corn exchange is looking for donations for the heritage centre.

Anyone wishing to lend a hand should call 01780 766455.